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ACCORNERO BARBERA GIULIN 2013, ITALY, PIEMONTE

ACCORNERO BARBERA GIULIN 2013

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Barbera: love it or hate it, it is the most widely planted varietal in Piemonte, with over 52,000 acres. What most wine lovers don't realize though is that our beloved Alba, where Barolo is king, is actually the weakest performer when it comes to Barbera. Reason being that Nebbiolo is of course where the money is, and planting Barbera is simply an afterthought for most producers. Aside from Giacomo Conterno, Roagna and Vietti, Barbera in Alba just isn't that exciting.

Where the Barbera magic truly happens is in Asti and Monferrato. The best vineyard sites for the grape are there, along with better climate and dedicated producers (without mentioning also MUCH more favorable pricing). Land in Alba is expensive, so not only planting Nebbiolo is an economic priority, but it also means that prices for bottled Barbera by the best producers are simply much higher. It is a reflection of producer status (name value) and land/production costs, and not exclusively related to quality.

So, not only prices and overall quality are superior in Asti and Monferrato, but it is where you will also find more "typicity". The great Barbera from Asti and Monferrato simply taste more "juicy" because of their higher, mouth watering acidity. They are made to complement well the wonderful foods of the region, with wonderful aromas of violets, lavender, herbs, nutmeg, and prominent sour cherry flavors. A perfectly balanced Barbera from these areas, and in great vintage, is a perfect wine for a great meal of dark meats, mushrooms, herbs, herbaceous cheeses like blue cheese, higher tannin foods like root vegetables & braised greens. The idea here is that the bright acidity in the wine will make a rich, fatty or high tannin dish complete.

The Barbera from Monferrato can be rich, but light on their feet at the same time, with hints of black pepper as well, and of course complement tomato based dishes beautifully also.

A gorgeous example of Barbera del Monferrato is that of Accornero. A great Barbera producer that still, for some reason, manages to fly under the radar.
The wine was one of the highlights of my 2013 tastings and, for the price, I could not find anything that matches its quality from Alba. Yes, Roagna and Conterno make a very fine Barbera, but are they worth 3 times the price? Not quite sure about that. Leaving comparisons aside, the wine is simply a steal at less than $16 per bottle. Antonio Galloni's review below is spot on!

"Accornero remains one of Piedmont's hidden gems. I am surprised these wines don't get more attention. The estate excels with a number of superb Barberas and their flagship Grignolino Bricco del Bosco Vigne Vecchie bottling. Once again, I feel some of the Barberas are pushed too far in terms of concentration, but that only applies to a few wines in this range. Otherwise, these are some of the most unique and compelling wines readers will find in Piedmont. Also tasted: 2012 Monferrato Nebbiolo." Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media)

"Black cherry, smoke, mocha, lavender, licorice, menthol and dark spices are some of the scents that emerge from Accornero's 2013 Barbera del Monferrato Giulin. This is another wine that boasts notable depth and resonance yet does so while maintaining remarkable balance. This extroverted Barbera should drink well for at least a handful of years." 93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media)


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